A few weeks ago, many fans were saddened to hear the news that the Melodifestivalen tour for 2022 had been cancelled due to an increase in Covid-19 restrictions in Sweden. But never fear! SVT has today announced that the Avicii Arena, previously known as the Ericsson Globe Area or Globen, will host the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2022.
The arena is a recognisable one to Eurovision fans, having hosted the contest in 2016.
Information is currently only known about the first heat; SVT will announce news about future shows closer to their individual events.
Tickets are now on sale for the first show, and you can purchase them here!
So what about the other shows?
In an email to ticket holders, SVT has reiterated their plans to hold the Grand Final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Due to prevailing circumstances, unfortunately the Melodifestivalen tour can not be carried out as planned around the country this year but will be broadcast from Stockholm. However, we do not want to rule out that the final will be carried out according to plan at Friends Arena on 11-12 March. We are waiting and at the moment the event remains as planned – if it changes, we will inform well in advance. Hold on tight to your tickets!
Plans (and tickets!) for the other deltävlingar and second chance round will be revealed in due course. The plan is to remain in Stockholm for these.
Melodifestivalen Deltävling 1
The first heat, or deltävling, of Melodifestivalen, will take place on 5th February 2022. The competing artists and songs are:
|2||Theoz||“As You Like”|
|3||Shirley Clamp||“Let There Be Angels”|
|4||Omar Rudberg||“Moving Like That”|
|6||Cornelia Jakobs||“Hold Me Closer”|
|7||Robin Bengtsson||“Innocent Love”|
The show will be presented by Melfest veteran Oscar Zia.
What else do we know about Melodifestivalen 2022
Melodifestivalen has taken an ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ approach to their national final this year, returning to their established format of four deltävlingar, a second chance round and a grand final.
The four heats will take place on:
- Saturday 5th February
- Saturday 12th February
- Saturday 19th February
- Saturday 26th February
The slightly-reformatted second chance round will then take place on Saturday 5th March. Instead of the previous duel system, the third and fourth placed songs in each of the previous heats will compete again in two groups. The top two from each group will win the final spots in the Grand Final, which will take place on Saturday 12th March 2022.
All shows of Melodifestivalen 2022 will be hosted by Oscar Zia, whilst Farah Abadi will follow the journey of the competing artists in this year’s edition of the competition. The participating artists, as well as their running order position, can be found here.
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since their debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2021, Sweden was represented by Tusse, who won the 60th edition of Melodifestivalen and competed with the song “Voices”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 14th with 109 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: SVT
Photo Source: Wikipedia/Holger.Ellgaard